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“Our $175,000 Condo Close to Tulum Beach”

“Our $175,000 Condo Close to Tulum Beach”

Just a few short years ago, Tulum, Mexico was a sleepy town on the Caribbean best known for its beaches and Mayan ruins. Overnight visitors were willing to go "rustic" since it lacked amenities like electricity. These days, Tulum is undergoing something of a "discovery" with an explosion of new condo developments and an...

We Pay Just $500 Property Taxes a Year for Our Condo in Costa Rica

We Pay Just $500 Property Taxes a Year for Our Condo in Costa Rica

In 2008, after many years of exploring options to fit our active lifestyle overseas, my husband, Steve, and I made the final decision to move to Costa Rica. We had plans to put our equity-heavy home in Austin, Texas on the market...

For Tropical Beauty and Affordability Look to Uvita, Costa Rica

For Tropical Beauty and Affordability Look to Uvita, Costa Rica

Nestled on the Southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica exists an idyllic slice of paradise called the Costa Ballena. Consisting of a 22-mile stretch of coastline, this part of the country is made up of three major towns: Dominical to the north, Ojochal to the south, and Uvita in the middle...

Where to Find A Dream Home For Under $200,000 in Costa Rica

Where to Find A Dream Home For Under $200,000 in Costa Rica

There's a hot U.S. television show that features couples looking for new homes in international destinations. Frequently they feature homes in Costa Rica. The poor, hapless couples always facing the quandary of whether to buy the $1 million property...

Rent in Koh Samui: Tropical Island Rentals From $200 a Month

Rent in Koh Samui: Tropical Island Rentals From $200 a Month

"My little house in the middle of the jungle is serene and simple. I have mango and tamarind trees in my yard and more birds than I can count," says expat Carol Kandell, 49, who's lived full-time on the tropical island of Koh Samui, Thailand, for the past three years...

My Life in Mexico Costs a Fraction of What it Would in U.S.

My Life in Mexico Costs a Fraction of What it Would in U.S.

Betsy Anne Edmonds has lived full-time in Mexico for nearly 15 years and wouldn’t have it any other way. The native New Yorker’s connection to the country began way back in 1968 when she first visited Acapulco. Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Puerto Vallarta were added to her list in the early ‘70s. While she loved all those cities, when it came to choosing her retirement spot in 2003, Betsy Anne did her homework…